Health Occupations is a three-year program of study providing diversified career training. In addition, it offers the required training and instruction so that the student will be eligible to take the Nurse Aide Competency Test.

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The program offers hands-on instruction of basic nurse aide and medical assisting skills. Students receive instruction in procedures involved in examination, care of and treatment of patients. This includes, but is not limited to bathing patients, providing oral care, feeding the dependent patient, transferring and positioning patients, bed making, hand washing and gloving, and measurement of a patient’s height, weight and vital signs. The program also offers basic emergency care and certifications in CPR and use of the AED. Students are given instruction in anatomy and physiology, disease processes and nutrition. The basics of infection control, safety and law ethics are presented. The students also learn medical abbreviations and medical terminology.

The Health Occupations program gives instruction and helps students establish good work ethic traits. Students must practice the health care career in an ethical manner and abide by all rules established for both the classroom and clinical sites.

The program provides an excellent stepping stone for health care professionals of the future.

Health Occupations results in the student being able to become a healthcare worker as a certified nurse assistant. In addition, instruction is given in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, basic procedures involved in examination, care of and treatment of patients.


  • Read and write at or near grade level
  • Have or develop the ability to lift patients
  • Possess full use of hands, arms, and legs
  • Have a neat appearance and good personal hygiene
  • Work independently and as a team member
  • Follow medical ethics

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.


Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP)

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GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the Health Occupations program.


  • BLS Healthcare Provider
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Mandated Reporter – Act 31
  • OSHA 10

Tiffany Bence

Health Occupations Teacher
2nd Floor

Karrey Brooks

Health Occupations Teacher
2nd Floor